2 Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
This week our church building has been filled with students experiencing the love of Christ in new ways. Vacation Bible School is in full swing with 98 children, and over 30 adult and youth leaders. Our theme is “Rainforest Explorers” and each day children hear a new Bible story helping them understand the power of God’s promises, direction, leadership and healing. It has been a challenge to get to this week, filled with adapting what we have done with protocols for Covid and limiting our attendance numbers for safety. The challenges our leaders have overcome have been Herculean. As a result, we are seeing faces of children we have not before and the joy of experiencing Jesus’ love for them is truly remarkable.
One of our staff members this week was sharing a memory of her days in Vacation Bible School. As a child, her family attended services only on Christmas and Easter, so Vacation Bible school was one of the main ways she experienced Jesus. She said the messages of Jesus’ love she received during that week were ones that held and sustained her through hardships and even abuse. In the challenges of life that she went through as a child, Vacation Bible School reminded her of God’s love for her.
There is likely a child at Vacation Bible School this week going through something similar to our staff member. There is likely a child here today who is experiencing hardship or abuse, feelings of inadequacy or weakness. How grateful I am that this church is one committed to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with them. The hardships that we as a church have gone through to ensure this week happens are nothing compared to the good news that needs to be shared. The hardships of our own lives even in abuse and pain, are held in the promise of this good news, that we are not alone and God’s power is made perfect throughout. This is not a matter of endurance, or resilience of our own, but rather the mercy and grace of God bigger than anything we can even imagine. May we continue to live in that good news for not only the children of today, but those whose are still needing to hear these promises from their childhood.